Secondary school still on track in spite of act of vandalism
The chair of Hamilton’s Catholic school board says the “stupidity” demonstrated by vandals who caused an estimated $50,000 damage to the new Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School last Wednesday will not affect the opening of the school this fall.
“Although the vandalism is not insignificant, it won’t impact our overall schedule,” Pat Daly said. “It will cause some extra work for the contractor, but it won’t affect the overall schedule. The opening of the school is still slated for late fall.”
Hamilton police said the culprits entered the high school on Rymal Road East and Dakota Boulevard on Aug. 14 at about 6 a.m.
Once inside, they smashed a number of installed and uninstalled windows and set fire to a large bookcase. The fire was contained in one classroom and was out before police arrived.
They also spray painted the interior of the school and caused damage to windows of an onsite construction vehicle.
Police are looking into graffiti tags found in various areas throughout the school.
“We’re trying to find out what the source of the tags is,” Det. Rees Morgan said on Aug. 19. “There’s been no arrests yet. (The investigation) right now (is ongoing).”
The board broke ground for the new $36.7-million Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School at 1824 Rymal Rd. E. last May.
The school is being built to accommodate growth in upper Stoney Creek and Binbrook.
Daly called the vandalism “terrible” and “reckless.”
“You wonder why unfortunately individuals do that type of thing,” he said, adding there is now increased security at the site. “It’s most unfortunate, but it’s not delaying us. We’re going full steam ahead. It’s going to be a beautiful building and the ground’s are really something.”
Anyone with information on the incident can call Det. Rees Morgan at 905-546-3873 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.